Gov. Christie: New Task Force Recommendations Reflect Our Commitment To Combat Addiction At Every Level

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Governor Christie: So as you all know we have made combatting the opioid epidemic a primary focus of our administration, in the final year. You know the statistics by now and you know how challenging the fight is not only here in New Jersey but across the entire country. We’re losing thousands of people every month to addiction across America. I’m encouraged, though, now that there’s nationwide attention that’s focused on the effort to eliminate the stigma of addiction and address it like the disease that it is, and I’m proud to say that here in New Jersey we have tried to set the tone for this discussion throughout the country. Our administration is committed to not only historic funding for this effort but also a comprehensive, robust and coordinated approach to providing programs and support for addiction prevention treatment and recovery. Last month, we announced that we’d be committing approximately $200 million to implement and expand 25 groundbreaking programs that aide the diverse population that suffers from addiction. Today, I’m proud to formally receive and release the report of the Drug Abuse Control Task Force. This report contains 40 recommendations that touch on education, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and reentry. The work of the task force has already inspired several groundbreaking initiatives, many of which I rolled out this past month. Going forward, it will serve as a blueprint for further work that needs to be done both in New Jersey and across the nation. The Task Force report reflects a real commitment by this administration at every level to combat addiction while funding is a necessary and significant component, the most important resources are the people that really care about this issue. The families that are suffering from this issue, the folks in recovery who are trying to get themselves back to a place where they can be a productive member of society. And I want to thank the Cabinet for recognizing that. And every one of these programs is centered on ‘how do we deal with people who have a problem’ or ‘how do we do the best we can to try to prevent the problem from happening in the first place?’ It’s for those individuals that we continue to develop new approaches to fighting this battle, those people. And it’s for those individuals that will continue to use the power of this Office to ensure that the State’s doing everything possible to support prevention, treatment and recovery so that we can slow this epidemic and stop the pain and suffering that’s going on in our state.

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